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Tech Tools That Have Transformed Learning With Dyslexia

Tech Tools That Have Transformed Learning With Dyslexia
Fifth-grade teacher Kyle Redford remembers with emotion the day she unwittingly put an iPad in the hands of one of her 10-year-old dyslexic students, a day she called “a complete game changer.” While the rest of the class was working in a writers workshop, she handed the student an iPad and told him to try and experiment with its speech-to-text feature. With minimal expectations, Redford figured that the newness and the boy’s curiosity would at least keep him busy during writing time, which he usually found frustrating. While Redford described the boy as “very bright,” he “couldn’t even compose a sentence to save his life” because of his dyslexia. Any classroom assignment having to do with writing made him moody. So, as Redford guided the rest of the class through the workshop, the student stepped outside the classroom and spoke his ideas for his writing assignment into the iPad. At first, it was difficult. The Rise of Technology Helpful Tech Tools

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4 Digital Tools That Help Students Practice Integrity Students are expected to demonstrate integrity in the classroom, but how often are they given the chance to practice modeling it? Teachers have an enormous obligation to do what’s right, and as role models they’re given that opportunity each day. But in order to achieve a student-centered environment, kids need to be encouraged to showcase who they are and what they value. Practicing these skills is necessary so that students’ actions will be consistent with their beliefs and they’ll then be able to listen to the feelings and concerns of others without judgment. With digital technology amplifying social interaction and expression, it’s more important than ever to not only inspire integrity, but also prepare students for the tough choices that lie ahead.

Webinars 7 Ways You Can Be a Digital Citizenship Leader Recorded on Wednesday, February 17, 2016 Learn seven ways you can be a digital citizenship leader from Susan Bearden, digital citizenship experts, and author of Digital Citizenship: A Community-Based Approach (Corwin Press, 2016). Cultivating a Math Mindset Recorded on Tuesday, February 9, 2016 How can math teachers apply growth mindset principles? Never Too Young To Code Kindergartners use Bee-Bots to explore coding and mapping skills at the Cook SchoolPhotos courtesy of Catherine Cook School As with other aspects of tech use in early childhood, deep discussions are underway about the appropriate role coding has in young children’s classrooms—and in the library. Sometimes referred to as the “new literacy” in schools, teaching coding means teaching children the language used to operate tablets, computers, and other devices they interact with every day. Experts say these beginning programming skills teach problem-solving and critical thinking and expose children to the world of computer science. Coding brings young children rich opportunities for language development and the “notion of learning from mistakes,” says Chip Donohue, the dean of distance learning and continuing education at the Erikson Institute in Chicago, a graduate school in child development.

The Top 10 Content Curation Tools You Should Be Using Curating content is a great way to position you and your business as the go-to expert in a certain industry by sharing the best-of-the-best content with your readers. If you’re just using Google right now and struggling to find top content, never fear! There are plenty of tools out there to help you collect relevant and interesting content to share. Without further ado, here are The Top 10 Content Curation Tools You Should Be Using:

Ten Useful Websites for Techie Librarians by Rebekah Kati, former Head Editor, INALJ North Carolina Ten Useful Websites for Techie Librarians As a techie librarian, I am frequently overwhelmed by the number of tech blogs and resources that show up in my feed reader and on the internet. It is difficult to know which stories and sites are important, and which can be passed by. Thinking about Thinking Is Essential for Learning Thinking about Thinking Is Essential for Learning By Dr. Marvin Marshall 9 Elephants in the (Class)Room That Should “Unsettle” Us — Modern Learning “When I really try to square what I believe about how kids learn and what we practice in our classrooms, it unsettles me.” A t a recent morning workshop for school leaders at a fairly small New England public school district, about an hour into a conversation focused on what they believed about how kids learn best, an assistant superintendent somewhat surprisingly said aloud what many in the room were no doubt feeling. “When I really try to square what I believe about how kids learn and what we practice in our classrooms, it unsettles me,” she said. “And it frustrates me.”

Club Guide Start a DIY club in your neighborhood Clubs are the most do-it-yourself part of the DIY platform. They're just friends, families, or neighbors getting together regularly to practice skills, build epic projects and take adventures. If you want to start a DIY club, there's nothing stopping you – go for it! We made a simple handbook compiled with the input of other club leaders. 7 easy ways to promote your digital collection on social media - OverDrive Blogs By Adam Sockel, OverDrive’s Social Media Specialist In the library world we understand that budgets are often tight, with every dollar being earmarked for collection development, programs and events which means that it can be tough to find additional funding to promote your content. Thankfully, social media enables you to spread the word about your services at minimal to no cost at all.

Why Are They Disengaged? My Students Told Me Why I used to think that when students were disengaged it was their own fault, and while sometimes that is still true, I have found in my years of teaching that a lot of the fault lies with me as the teacher. Yet, realizing that I may be the cause of my students disengagement is hard to swallow. It certainly has not done wonders to my self-esteem, and yet, there is something liberating about realizing that while I am a part of the problem, that also means that I can fix it. Or at the very least fix the things I control. Student disengagement is something I can do something about. But why are students so disengaged?

Better teachers? Better at what, exactly? Loaded: 0% Progress: 0% Schools take legal action against bully parents Principal Henry Grossek tells 3AW that his school isn't among those getting lawyers to write letters but he understands how things can get out of hand on social media. Phew, school holidays – a chance to recover from a typically frenetic first term and take stock. Education Technology Tools for Teachers Massive Open Online Courses make it possible for students of all ages to access high-quality coursework at no cost. Colleges and universities across the country publish video lectures, podcasts, reading lists, practice exams and more for anyone who wants to learn about a particular subject and/or experience what it’s like to take a college class. Over the last decade, organizations such as Coursera and Khan Academy have taken MOOCs one step further by creating or aggregating thousands of free courses in areas ranging from early American history and civics to trigonometry and multivariable calculus. Khan Academy is a non-profit educational website created by educator Salman Khan in 2006.

Exploring Transliteracy: The New Literacies and Libraries After being away from Transliteracy for almost a year I recently gave two presentations on the topic. I had noticed a trend among librarians to equate transliteracy with digital literacy so part of my goal was to add some clarification. References are included in the slideshow but I’ve also provided them in this post for those who are interested. Andretta, S. (2009).

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